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January 20, 2015
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Antibodies against Ebola incubated in cattle
Cattle genetically modified to produce human antibodies are incubating antibodies that may help people fight Ebola. The West African Ebola outbreak has sickened over 21,000 people, killing some 8,500. The cattle antibodies could help people mount a more effective and rapid immune response against the deadly zoonotic disease. A similar process has been used to make antibodies against hantavirus, and blood from people who survived Ebola virus has already been used to treat others, although the extent to which it has helped is not clear. NBC News (1/19)
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Texas researcher identifies new strain of salmonella
Microbiologist Marie Bugarel of Texas Tech University discovered a new strain of salmonella, called Salmonella Lubbock, which will have implications for food safety. "With this understanding will come awareness of how to intervene to break the ecological cycle and reduce salmonella in animals and in beef, pork and chicken products," said veterinarian Guy Loneragan, Bugarel's mentor and a professor of food safety and public health at Texas Tech. (1/19)
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Bioengineer working to create contraceptive vaccine for pets
Harvard University researcher David Mooney is working on a contraceptive vaccine that could provide an alternative to sterilization surgery, especially for shelter animals and strays. Mooney's prior work has focused on implants that stimulate the immune system to fight cancer, and he hopes the immune system could also provide a way of regulating the activity of reproductive hormones in animals. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/19)
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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Owners, keep watch over animals' eyes
Don't neglect your pet's eyes, because they can develop painful problems that can affect vision. "A healthy eye is bright and shiny and looks moist, and its lids are held open," says veterinarian Holly Woltz. A number of eye conditions affect dogs and cats, including corneal ulcers, conjunctivitis, cataracts and glaucoma. Regular veterinary exams are important, adds Dr. Woltz, but seek veterinary care any time you notice eye problems in your pet. Aiken Standard (S.C.) (1/19)
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Two-legged puppy hops happily through life
Roo is a 5-month-old, two-legged puppy. She was born without one front leg and likely lost the other soon after. She's reportedly adjusting well to life on two limbs, but people who encounter Roo hopping around on her back legs sometimes are confused. "At first glance, she really does look like a kangaroo and even stands up on her back legs and hops along too," said Roo's owner Nikki Dick. BBC (1/19)
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How SDN Makes Campus Networks Better
When should agencies adopt SDN? IDC reports that SDN provides immediate benefits for government campus networks, including modernized IT infrastructures that are more agile, cost-effective, and collaborative.
Read this new IDC paper to learn more.

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Loan approval rates rise at big banks, data show
Big banks are stepping up their lending to small businesses, having approved 21.1% of loan applications in December, an increase from 20.8% during the previous month. However, the rate fell slightly at small banks, which approved 49.8% of small-business loan requests in November and 49.7% in December, Biz2Credit said. Small Business Trends (1/15), Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (1/15)
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Video: Puppy socialization
We all appreciate the joy and companionship that a well-behaved dog brings to our lives. What we don't always appreciate is that there are many different factors that can determine whether or not a puppy grows into that wonderful lifelong companion. In this AVMA video, Dr. Christopher Pachel explains the ins and outs of puppy socialization. Watch the video.
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Editor's Note
A summary published in Animal Health SmartBrief on Thursday gave the incorrect location for a planned Dog Cafe. It will be in Los Angeles, according to the online fundraising campaign. SmartBrief regrets the error.
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